Chad Winkler joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Fourth/Utility Trumpet in November 2008 and has been featured as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Chad has performed as guest principal trumpet with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. He has also performed with the orchestras of Honolulu, Louisville, and Jacksonville, as well as acting principal trumpet with the orchestras of the Pittsburgh Ballet and Pittsburgh Opera. Prior to winning the Pittsburgh Symphony position, Winkler held positions with the Wheeling (WV) Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, and the Erie Philharmonic. Winkler is also principal trumpet with the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico.
Winkler is currently Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Duquesne University and Instructor of Trumpet at Slippery Rock University. Winkler has conducted masterclasses at Carnegie Mellon University, West Virginia University, Butler University, the University of Michigan and the University of Puerto Rico.
Originally from Morgantown, West Virginia, Winkler earned his Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University, where he studied with his father, Dr. John Winkler. Winkler earned his Master of Music degree from Duquesne University, where he studied with former Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Trumpet George Vosburgh.
Winkler began his trumpet studies at age 12. In 1996, Winkler attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, where he was a winner of the concerto competition. Winkler also performed with Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Winkler attended the Brevard Music Center from 1998 to 2000, where he was twice the winner of the concerto competition. Winkler spent the summers of 2001 to 2008 as a member of the music staff orchestra at Camp-of-the-Woods in Speculator, New York, where he performed as soloist and principal trumpet.
Winkler won the National Trumpet Competition in 1995, 1998 and 2000. In 2013, he was invited to perform as guest soloist at the National Trumpet Competition.
Chad and his wife, Elissa, owner of Bethel Park Music Studio, live in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania with their son, Hudson, and daughter, Selah.